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Captive Peter Theo Curtis is released from Syria

Writer Peter Theo Curtis upon return to US: 'I have been so touched and moved, beyond all words, by the people who have come up to me today - strangers on the airplane, the flight attendants and, most of all, my family to say welcome home. I am also deeply indebted to the U.S. officials who have worked on my case. I especially want to thank the government of Qatar for intervening on my behalf' - statement

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US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on report finding Pentagon acted unlawfully in Bowe Bergdahl swap: 'This GAO report confirms my belief that the Administration violated the law when it released and transferred these dangerous Taliban detainees without notifying Congress as the law clearly and unequivocally requires. It is highly likely that these men will return to the fight against our country after their year in Qatar' - statement

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Syrian civil war

Kuwait's security officers arrest Hajjaj al-Ajami, who raised money for mujahideen in Syria, upon his arrival from Qatar - @AlArabiya_Eng

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Qatar, Turkey to use influence to secure release of Israeli soldier abducted in Gaza - @nytimes

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US State Department official: Secretary Kerry spoke with foreign ministers from Turkey, Qatar and Israel's Netanyahu and has scheduled a call with Palestinian President Abbas; Kerry learned of Hamas breaking Gaza ceasefire from online report - pool report via @NBCNews

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Gaza City, Gaza, PS

#BREAKINGNEWS: #Kerry seeks urgent #Qatari, #Turkish help to free kidnapped #Israeli soldier in #Gaza http://t.co/oTcsndoLxN - @AlArabiya_Eng

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Foreign ministers in Turkey, Qatar say they welcome humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza; reaffirm 'commitment to continue to work for a negotiated sustainable ceasefire' - statement via @MichaelShuval

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Qatar's Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah about Gaza today, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says - @margbrennan

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

French Foreign Ministry confirms officials from Britain, Germany, Italy, EU, Turkey, Qatar, US to meet Saturday to press for Gaza ceasefire - @AP

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Editor's note: Reuters is reporting that officials from US, UK, Germany, Italy, EU, Turkey and Qatar will attend talks on Saturday in Paris aimed at converging "all efforts" for a ceasefire in Gaza. Reuters is citing a Frence diplomatic source. We'll update when there are more details and confirmation. - Stephanie

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Qatar

#BREAKING: #Qatari emir arrives in #Saudi Arabia for talks with #Saudi king http://t.co/POD1BnhPFp - @AlArabiya_Eng

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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Report: Qatar to host ceasefire talks on Sunday between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - @reuters

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2022 World Cup

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., calls on FIFA to relocate the 2022 World Cup to US from Qatar, citing poor labor conditions there - @davelevinthal

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Qatar

US downgrades Thailand and Qatar for 'abysmal' human trafficking records in wake of Trafficking in Persons Report - @guardian

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US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed

US special Afghanistan envoy: Qatar 'very assiduous' in keeping control of 5 Taliban prisoners traded for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - @Reuters

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Iraq crisis

State Department official: Secretary of State John Kerry discussed ISIS threat in calls to the foreign ministers of Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia & Qatar - @markknoller

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2022 World Cup

Qatar World Cup bid organizers say have 'nothing to hide'; call bribery allegations 'baseless' - @Reuters

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Qatar

#BREAKING Franz Beckenbauer banned from football for 90 days for failing to assist #Fifa #Qatar probe http://t.co/VHfvjS4hOd #WorldCup - @IBTimesUK

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Syrian civil war

Dana Shell Smith, President Obama's nominee to be ambassador to Qatar, says White House supports language in a Senate defense bill that would allow overt military training for the moderate Syrian opposition - @Reuters

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US Army Sgt. Bergdahl freed

Dana Shell Smith, President Obama's nominee to be US ambassador to Qatar, says emir personally assured Obama that Taliban detainees transferred from Guantanamo would be kept secure - @Reuters

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